Racism By William Shakespeare 's Othello

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Racism in Othello
William Shakespeare wrote Othello during the wars between Venice and Turkey dating back to the sixteenth century. On November 1, 1604, Othello was performed for the first time by King’s men at the court of King James I. Race is one aspect that affects people’s lives. “Racism rejects mankind and a means of legalizing diversity” (Mutlu 135). With traces of racism, Shakespeare portrays the story of a general and his wife.
From the beginning of Othello, there is a coordination of racism. Othello is shown a representative of prejudice racism. Othello is a Moor, but dedicates his life to serve the society as a solider. The people referred to him as an “other”, “old black ram”, and “thick-lips”. Before the names, bad decisions are made by the people who are considered to be Othello’s servers. The first voicing of racism begins with Iago. Iago voices his thoughts with the following verses: “Now, sir, be judge yourself/Whether I in any term am affined/ to love a Moor” (I.I.37-40.1292). When marriage is brought upon, the prejudice of Othello’s race “puts a wall in front of the eyes of others” (Mutlu 135). Discrimination and prejudice racism should not display itself as mistreating the one that is different. Iago cannot bear Othello being black and having a higher rank than he does. The marriage of Othello and Desdemona sparks the start of racism. It adds extra hate onto the already hatred feeling Iago has towards Othello.
Iago thinks that an African American…
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